From 2016 to 2017, health reports indicated a slight decrease in the number of HIV infections in Maumelle AR. In 2017, there was a decrease in new cases to 102 from the 104 cases reported in 2016.
The opposite occurred in STD incidences. In 2014, Chlamydia incidences were 3,202, but at the end of 2015, they had risen to 3,553 cases. The infections were higher among teenagers and young adults.
Similarly, Syphilis cases soared to 255 in 2018 from the 72 cases reported in 2014.
Improvements in prevention education saw a reduction in Gonorrhea cases from 1,177 in 2014 to 1,600 in 2018.
The Pulaski County Health Department has been promoting healthy sexual behaviors by providing free STD/HIV testing and counseling. Its public health officers distribute condoms while creating awareness to the county residents about HIV and STD infections. They also encourage voluntary testing and counseling and link individuals to medical care and treatment in the case of confirmed infection. The department also funds and provides housing units to PLWHA in the county at subsidized prices.
As a resident in Maumelle, AR, you can go for confidential HIV/STD testing at facilities, such as Clearstone Medical Center- Pain Management or to Methodist Behavioral Hospital. There is also Planned Parenthood- Little Rock Health Center and Sherwood Urgent Care- Maumelle, AR, for clinical options.
Additionally, there is free STD testing in some sexual health clinics around, but testing may be done at irregular hours, and you may be required to book an appointment.